Thirty-three countries have French as an official language and it is spoken on every continent. Concordia's French students can travel with expert faculty to some of these countries through the college’s study away program. You'll also have the opportunity to live the language right on Concordia's campus by being a part of the French Honor Society or French Club, tutoring children in French, meeting for informal French chats at our French Café or perhaps even living in the French language residence.

Programs of Study

Whether you are planning to use your French for international business and travel, teaching or even translating, Concordia’s French department has a program for you.

Major or Minor in French

Studying French will prepare you to be able to communicate through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Consider pairing a major or minor in French with a major in international business.

Major in French Education

This major will prepare you to teach French to students in grades K-12.

Major in Elementary Education with an add-on endorsement in World Languages 

Optional endorsement for elementary education majors.

Special Opportunities

From French Club to teaching preschoolers to summer camp, there are many engaging opportunities to practice your language skills outside of the classroom.

Teaching French to 4-Year-Olds

Read more about Macy Westerberg's experience teaching French to preschoolers.


Your French major or minor could take you anywhere in the world. Recent grads are teachers, interpreters, translators, volunteers in the Peace Corps, working for the State Department, running successful businesses (or working their way up the corporate ladder), photographers, writers, film directors, flight attendants, graphic designers, social media coordinators, psychologists, doctors, lawyers, and more.

French can stand alone as a major or combine with any other major in campus.

Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Major(s): French with Chemistry minor

Currently a first year medical student at UMN-Twin Cities.

"Overall, I've been really grateful for the ways that French has continued to pop up in unexpected ways in my life, and really enriched my experiences, both socially and professionally, in unexpected ways."

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Major(s): French

Currently working at UL doing IT desktop support

"I taught English in South Korea for 2 years and in Japan for 3 years. I think my struggles in learning French helped me to become a better English teacher."

Hometown: Willmar, Minnesota

Major(s): International Business and French

Currently pursuing a masters in Global Policy studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin.

"French has allowed me to communicate with other francophiles from Africa, Canada, and other Islanders! Being in a masters program with a global focus, speaking another language was a pre-requisite."


Hometown: Howard Lake, Minnesota

Major(s): Elementary Education, with a concentration in French.

Currently working as a special education paraprofessional and interviewing for teaching positions for this fall.

"I loved living in the French apartment and hosting events. It was a sense of community and a lot of fun. My education from the French program was great for learning about different cultures and becoming more aware of others."

Hometown: Laurel, Maryland

Major: French and Global Studies, minor in International Relations

Currently pursuing a masters of arts in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and civil Society Development at the American University of Paris. 

Briana Conrad '11

I would have to say that my favorite part about majoring in French at Concordia is the atmosphere of the department. Some of my favorite college memories involve the French Club and spending time with other French students. The study abroad experience is one of the best things I have ever done.

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Dr. Gay Rawson

Chair, World Languages and Cultures; Professor of French French, World Languages and Cultures, Women's and Gender Studies